Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Anonymous donor gives $6 million to Woodland Park Zoo

An anonymous donor has given $6 million to Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo to help build a new penguin exhibit and zoo entrance.

Zoo spokeswoman Wendy Hochnadel said the donation was the largest in the zoo's history. The money was earmarked for the Humboldt penguin exhibit, which will house 10 breeding pairs of the endangered animal.

Zoo President and CEO Dr. Deborah Jensen said the new exhibit will include beaches and rocky tide pools, and that guests will be able to see the penguins swim underwater.

"This gift demonstrates how cherished the zoo is by our community and underscores the importance of the zoo's efforts to educate our visitors about conservation and how each and every person can make a difference," Jensen said.

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